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Brexit delay could leave United Kingdom open to legal action, German MPs told

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While acknowledging Brexiteer concerns that the backstop is a trap that would keep the United Kingdom tied to the European Union indefinitely, Mr Barnier insisted it is only "insurance" intended for the "worst-case scenario". Ian Payne put to a Brexiteer that no-deal could be rejected in Parliament, as another run of votes by MPs draws nearer. In 2017, Britain invoked Article 50 of European Union law, triggering a two-year countdown to Brexit that ends at 11pm (2300 GMT) on March 29. Read More »

Earthquake 7.0 magnitude hits Peru, no reports of injuries

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The epicentre of the natural disaster was also at the depth of 257 kilometre which is highly unusual because most earthquakes in South America occur at the height of 70 kilometres. Last week a quake measuring 7.5 with its epicenter in neighboring Ecuador rattled the coast and Amazon region of northern Peru. There is no evidence of injured people and material damage. Read More »

USA strike kills 26 Al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia

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Two of the dead were soldiers, he said. At least two soldiers were carried away from the hotel yesterday morning. Police officials said the militants are using grenades and Kalashnikov rifles to fight security troops. Africa Command has announced six air strikes in recent days that it said killed a total of 83 militants since February 23. Twenty injured people were carried out. Read More »

Shaun King Introduces Bernie Sanders At Brooklyn Campaign Kickoff

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But the new approach for Sanders, the son of a Jewish immigrant from Poland, was a recognition of the need to find a way to stand out in a crowded and diverse field of 2020 Democratic contenders, including five of his fellow senators. US Senator Bernie Sanders returned to the place of his birth Saturday to deliver the first rally speech of his presidential campaign, vowing to defeat "the most risky president in modern American history" in Donald Trump . Read More »

Trevor Noah defends his joke on Indo-Pak war | newkerala.com #108553

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The Daily Show host, Trevor Noah , in a section of his show, described the idea of war between India and Pakistan as "the most entertaining war of all times ". He said, "Obviously, I hope India and Pakistan don't go to war". Tensions between nuclear-armed nations India and Pakistan are at their worst in years, with the dispute centring on the region of Kashmir. Read More »

Ice, ice, granny: Grandmother floats away during photoshoot

Streng said a second large wave came and "made the throne kind of rock, and I could tell that I was slipping off". "You can tell by looking at the shape of it , and I thought well it looks like fun", she told ABC News . Like any good child, Streng's son took photos of the entire encounter and shared them with her whole family. I don't weigh very much so it was a little easier to float off I guess. Read More »

German town seizes family pet to cover unpaid dog tax

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However, she says that Edda has a number of health issues that have been costly and unexpected over the last few months, including four operations for eye problems and an emergency operation over the holidays. More than 160km away, a police officer saw the listing, and though she was sceptical about how the city had come to possess the dog, chose to make Edda her new pet. Read More »

Trump vows executive order to protect free speech at universities

Trump urged Williams to sue the man who assaulted him, but added, "he's probably got nothing". On Friday, the campus police department said in a statement it had identified the suspect as Zachary Greenberg, who was arrested and booked. Williams told Trump that students would continue to defend him so long as he defended them. "Hopefully, this dark chapter will act as a wake up call to those concerned about actual politically motivated hate crimes in America". Read More »

Legislators' fight over Ilhan Omar 9/11 poster leads to injury & resignation

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Ilhan Omar of Minnesota under an image of the burning Twin Towers along with the words, "'Never Forget' - You Said " and "I am the Proof - You Have Forgotten". Sgt.at Arms Anne Lieberman resigned Friday afternoon after being accused of using an anti-Muslim slur. "It's ugly, it's hateful and there's absolutely no place for it in American politics", said Pushkin, according to WV News . Read More »

Trump, Kim end summit with standoff over easing United States sanctions

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In something of a role reversal, Trump deliberately ratcheted down some of the pressure on Pyongyang , abandoning his fiery rhetoric and declaring he was in " no rush ". Asked if this summit would yield a political declaration to end the Korean War, Trump told reporters on Wednesday: "We'll see". "Sometimes you have to walk", Trump explained at a closing news conference after the summit was abruptly cut short. Read More »

Trump Delights CPAC Crowd With Green New Deal Mockery

It was his first public appearance since coming home empty-handed, and to brickbats from all sides, from a nuclear-disarmament summit with North Korea's reclusive leader Kim Jong Un. So now they go in and morph into "Let's inspect every deal he's ever done". Trump rehashed his outsider campaign from 2016 that overcame long odds and a crowded field of established politicians to claim the White House over Democrat Hillary Clinton . Read More »

Power Company Says Its Equipment Likely Caused Devastating CA Wildfire

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Investigations have determined that the company's equipment is liable in at least 17 major wildfires in 2017. A vehicle rests in front of a home leveled by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif., in a photo from December. "This corroborates a lot of the worst things that people have believed", he said. PG&E said in a statement that the story "inaccurately portrays planned electric transmission regulatory compliance work, and omits key aspects of the work we are now doing to enhance safety". Read More »

France's Macron says Britain would have to justify delaying Brexit

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Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez warned that United Kingdom prime minister Theresa May would be "prolonging uncertainly" by postponing Brexit without a realistic plan. A de facto extension of any definitive deal will in any case be required as it will take at least 8 weeks to draw up the necessary legislation emanating from it, not least for sectors such as agriculture, fishing and immigration, explain those close to the negotiations. Read More »

United Kingdom migration: Rise in net migration from outside EU

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Thursday's figures showed a net fall in immigration from the eight eastern European countries that joined the EU in 2004, more than one million of whose citizens moved to Britain over the past decade. Marley Morris, of the Institute for Public Policy Research, a centre-left think tank, said the "marked fall" in European Union net migration meant the government needed to "act now to reassure European Union citizens and contain the economic damage". Read More »

Elusive Hoodwinker Sunfish Washes Up On Santa Barbara Beach

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The seven-foot-long creature, identified by biologists as a Mola tecta , or hoodwinker sunfish, was discovered on a beach near UC Santa Barbara's Coal Oil Point Reserve in Santa Barbara County on February 19. Nyegaard said she almost fell off her chair upon receiving the information, and had no doubt it was a hoodwinker sunfish. "I emailed a bit with Ralph, and we discussed how this fish would have been a dead-set hoodwinker had it been within range in the temperate Southern Hemisphere". Read More »

USA imposes new sanctions on Maduro, revokes visas of associates

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But Maduro retains control of state institutions and the loyalty of senior figures in the armed forces. US President Donald Trump says all options are on the table in dealing with Venezuela, although US special envoy Elliott Abrams has denied Russian accusations Washington is preparing to intervene militarily. Read More »

Tracking a chance of snow this weekend

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A Winter Storm Watch has been issued. We expect fog again early Friday morning, particularly between 3-8a.m. the fog should start to mix out after 9a.m. We hold on to some snow chances throughout the rest of the week and start to rebound temperatures towards next weekend. After Monday , the first full week of March looks very cold and windy with temperatures in the 30s. Read More »

UK's Brexit U-turns shift focus to mid-March votes

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Following the defeat, he said: 'We will back a public vote in order to prevent a damaging Tory Brexit or a disastrous no-deal outcome. 'We would support an extension request only if it was justified by a new choice of the British, ' Mr Macron said. Read More »

Saudi Arabia revokes citizenship of Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza

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The department said Hamza has climbed the ranks of al-Qaeda. Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. soldiers in Abbottabad, Pakistan in a raid 10 years after the 9/11 attacks. In January 2017, the State Department had listed Hamza bin Laden as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, freezing all of his assets based in the United States or in the possession or control of USA persons. Read More »

Mass Grave Found in Last Islamic State Bastion - SDF

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On Friday, Syrian Democratic Forces spokesperson Mustafa Bali announced that the final push against the militants in their last pocket of control-the village of Al-Baghouz in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor-had begun. The SDF this week announced that yet another mass grave was discovered, this time near Baghouz and holding the severed heads of women. It is believed some of the victims could be from the Yazidi community, a mostly Iraq-based Kurdish-speaking religious minority that IS ... Read More »

Sully the service dog has new role helping wounded vets

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He even received a new "military uniform", a vest to signify he is a member of the facility's dog team. He provided comfort for President Bush in the last few months of his life, and will now do the same for many other veterans. Sully became famous when a Bush family spokesman tweeted out a picture of him next to Bush's casket. In a special send-off on the Today Show ahead of his first day at the Medical Center, Sullenberger, and Bush's granddaughter Jenna Bush-Hager stopped by with her two ... Read More »

Canada urges India, Pakistan to avoid further military escalation

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Pakistan also claimed to have two IAF pilots in custody, with one admitted to the Combined Military Hospital in Rawalpindi. "History tells us that wars are full of miscalculation". It said these are being spread by Pakistan's army or its media. According to the foreign ministry statement, the goal of the strike was to demonstrate the country's self defense capabilities. Read More »

PM Imran again invites India for talks, says better sense should prevail

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The military's spokesman, Maj. India's External Affairs Ministry spokesman, Raveesh Kumar, said one of India's MiG-21 fighter aircraft was missing and India was still "ascertaining" whether its pilot was in Pakistan's custody. India's air strike was a response to the incident which happened around 3:15 PM on February 14 when an explosive-laden SUV rammed into a bus carrying CRPF troopers. Read More »

Gunmen Storm Helmand Military Base; 25 Killed

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Afghan commando forces were clearing the area, he said. "Afghan soldiers of 215 Maiwand Corps stopped the Taliban from gaining control of the military compound, we have reports that six Afghan soldiers were killed during the clashes", said a senior Afghan security official on condition of anonymity. Read More »

Alleged Threats, Bribes, Prostitutes: Growing Scandal Threatens to Bring Down Canada's Trudeau

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Jody Wilson-Raybould appears at the House of Commons justice committee on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday. "My job as prime minister is to stand up for jobs". The prime minister has lost the moral authority to govern and must resign, said the 40-year-old New Democratic Party (NDP) leader, who on Wednesday won the by-election to the Canadian Parliament from British Columbia's the Burnaby South constituency seat. Read More »

Missing climbers: Russians to help search Pakistan peak for missing Italian, Brit

He said a team of Russian volunteers now on K2, about 120 miles away, could also be transported to Nanga Parbat to help the search. Ali Sadpara, a Pakistani mountaineer who has previously climbed Nanga Parbat, is also aiding the search. The pair had been scaling the so-called "Killer Mountain", the ninth highest in the world, but disappeared at about 6,300 metres during fog, sleet and heavy winds. Read More »

Pakistan partially re-opens airspace, ready to hand over Indian pilot

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On Thursday, Khan announced that he would be released, signalling a de-escalation of tensions between India and Pakistan. On Wednesday, Pakistan said it shot down two Indian aircraft. Pakistan's Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal acknowledged his country received a "dossier" from India about the February 14 attack. While India has accused Pakistan of supporting the militants and having a "direct hand" in the incident, Pakistan, in turn, has rejected the allegations, accusing India of ... Read More »

Pompeo assures Philippines of US protection in event of sea conflict

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Speaking in Manila on Friday after meeting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte , Pompeo said Beijing's artificial islands in the water were also a threat. Beijing has warned Washington against meddling, but the latter has declared that the peaceful resolution of the disputes and freedom of navigation and overflight in the contested areas were in the US national interest. Read More »

Man who bought $540 of Girl Scouts cookies arrested on drug charges

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The mother of an 8-year-old Girl Scout posted to Facebook that a stranger bought out her daughter's troop's entire cookie supply so that the young women wouldn't have to stand out in the cold. "Then he came back to the table and said, 'Pack up all of your cookies". "What an awesome soul!" Even though consumers go insane for Girl Scout cookies , most people would not buy $540 worth - but that is exactly what this Good Samaritan did earlier this week. Read More »

Canada begins formal extradition process for Huawei CFO

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Following Friday's decision, Meng's defence team said in a statement that it is disappointed the justice minister is proceeding with the process "in the face of the political nature of the US charges and where the president of the United States has repeatedly stated that he would interfere in Ms. Read More »

Pakistan says Indian fighter jets crossed into and bombed its territory

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According to Pakistan's military spokesperson, the Indian fighter jets crossed the line that divides much of Kashmir between India and Pakistan , a boundary that neither country considers an worldwide border. He said the preemptive strike became absolutely necessary and added that "top commanders" were eliminated in the strike. India had taken care to avoid civilian casualties according to Gokhale. Read More »

US Trade Official: Deal with China Not Near Agreement

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Trump's top trade envoy, Robert Lighthizer, indicated earlier Wednesday at a congressional hearing that the U.S. government planned to suspend the tariff hike scheduled to start this weekend. He said violations of the binding agreement would be discussed over consultations on a monthly basis with staffers, quarterly by vice ministers and twice-a-year by the ministers of the two countries. Read More »